Two-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto is just about ready for his world championship bout against former world champion David Diaz, a fight that will take place on Saturday, March 13 as the main undercard bout of “The Event,” the welterweight showdown between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Joshua Clottey to be held at “Cowboys Stadium” and televised by HBO Pay-Per-view.
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“It’s a very important fight for me, not only because I will have the opportunity to win another world championship, but because it will come in a big card in an amazing setting like Cowboys Stadium, I’m really looking forward to fighting there,” said Soto who is the current WBC super featherweight champion and was the interim featherweight champion at one time.
Soto (50-7-2, 32 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) of Chicago for the WBC lightweight title, a belt that Diaz once had and is looking to get back against the tough mexican.
“I expect a very tough fight from Diaz. He always comes to fight and I will have to fight very smart to win the fight. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m prepared to give it my all and come home with another world championship,” said Soto.
Soto has been training in Tijuana, Mexico for the fight under the watchful eye of his young trainer Romulo Quirarte, Jr. and his manager Antonio Lozada.
“We are very close to the weight and had some very good sparring here in Tijuana. Everything has gone according to plan and I should be 100% for the fight,” said Soto.
Rogelio Castaneda, Marvin Quintero and Octavio Castro have been his main sparring partners during this camp.
“I feel ready to get into the ring right now. We are finished with hard work and now is only about maintaining the conditioning and losing the last few pounds. I’m very focusde and can’t wait to fight for this third world title. Not many boxers have the opportunity to win three world titles in three different weight classes and it would be something that would make me very proud,” said Soto.
Soto traveled to Miami on Saturday, to make an appearance in the highly popular Univision show Republica Deportiva and was scheduled to be in Dallas Sunday night as he will have a media workout on Monday afternoon in Grapevine, Texas.